Eating Disorder Treatment Program
If you or a loved one is suffering from the profound consequences of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, and you are seeking a residential eating disorder treatment facility, Casa Palmera can help. Our eating disorder treatment program is designed with each individual patient in mind. We specialize in healing physical problems, while also addressing your specific struggles and fears.
By identifying each complex circumstance that contributes to your eating disorder, the staff at Casa Palmera will evaluate each resident and develop a personalized, structured eating disorder treatment plan. This plan is tailored to include a personal history, including both medical and psychological, and may include other integrative modalities such as:
For anorexia nervosa, we use behavioral management techniques in a multi-disciplinary team setting to begin the transition from structured “mechanical eating” to “intuitive eating,” where you’ll learn to freely eat according to your body’s true needs. For bulimia nervosa, we use Cognitive Behavioral therapy in a multi-disciplinary team setting. Dialectical behavioral therapy complements the development of coping skills, because individuals with eating disorders are challenged at each stage of their recovery process. This includes a daily schedule of healthy eating, appropriate exercise, stress management and an understanding of patterns and behaviors that have been controlling your life.
What is an Eating Disorder?
An eating disorder is a psychological malady in which someone obsesses over his/her intake of food as a way of coping with stress, fear and pain. The obsessions trick him/her into feeling like he/she has some control in her life. Approximately 8-10 million people today suffer from some form of an eating disorder. Eating disorders are most common among women, but can affect men as well.
Unlike other self-destructive lifestyles and behaviors, eating disorders are especially unique. Humans, by nature, have to eat to survive, but for women and men with eating disorders, it’s more than just practicing “moderation.” A comprehensive eating disorder treatment facility understands that eating disorders are very serious, and in many cases, recovery is literally a matter of life and death.
Types of Eating Disorders
Three Diagnosable Types of Eating Disorders
With this eating disorder, a person either eats very little, or nothing at all. Typically, those with this disorder are very thin, and approximately 15% or more, are below a body weight that is normal for their specific height.
People with bulimia typically binge eat, and then purge what they have just eaten. Binge eating is when you consume an uncomfortable amount of food, often resulting in a very sick feeling. Purging is a form of self-induced vomiting. This vomiting can be done through the use of diuretics, laxatives, or excessive exercise. Those with bulimia typically maintain a normal weight.
Binge Eating/Compulsive Overeating
A binge eater consumes an excessive amount of food, typically in a short amount of time. Most people with this disorder are obese, and also have a history of depression. Unlike those with bulimia, compulsive eaters do not purge after they consume their food.
The most common of these three eating disorders is binge eating, although it has only recently been recognized as an eating disorder. Not every one may fit into one of these exact categories, but they still may have an eating disorder. This is called an eating disorder not otherwise specified (ED-NOS).
Having an eating disorder is a serious problem in both males and females. Unfortunately, it is often brushed off as merely a self-esteem problem rather than as a real psychological disorder that cannot be cured simply with conviction and self-control. Our skilled multidisciplinary treatment team at Casa Palmera understands this concept and your eating disorder’s complexity. Our success in treating women and men is what makes Casa Palmera a nationally recognized eating disorder treatment facility.
Oftentimes an individual suffering from an eating disorder has other conditions that can contribute to his/her disorder. You, or your loved one, may have been sexually, physically or emotionally abused. Other contributing factors may include overly critical friends and family, or a poor family environment. An eating disorder is often used as a way to cope with these difficult experiences and to help find a sense of control in your life. Also, those with depression, anxiety, perfectionism, poor self-esteem and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are more likely to have an eating disorder.
Every person is different, much like every eating disorder; therefore, every person requires an individualized treatment program. Here at Casa Palmera, our goal is to cover every facet of your eating disorder through treatment at our eating disorder treatment center located near San Diego. This includes addressing specific behaviors, looking at personal body image issues and dealing with the potential for relapse. We recognize the true medical nature of this disease and the far-reaching health complications it may cause. Our state-of-the-art, tranquil treatment facility provides a safe and patient-centered healing environment for women and men alike.
Seeking Help: There is a Solution
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of an eating disorder, it is critical to seek help now. An eating disorder is a serious psychological condition and should not be taken lightly. Constantly stressing over food and body image affects your life in many ways. Relationships, physical health, performance at school and work, as well as other activities can be changed significantly because of an eating disorder. Having an eating disorder is mistakenly seen as a way of controlling your life, but usually in the end, it actually controls you.
The first step in seeking treatment is to call Casa Palmera, where we are here to support you through the whole process. We will help you reverse your unhealthy patterns of thinking and develop an individualized plan that will put you on the road towards healing. By calling Casa Palmera today, you can confidentially speak with an assessment services coordinator to see if our program is the right fit for you. We are happy to answer all of your questions and accommodate you in any way possible.
Many people who struggle with eating disorders also experience co-occurring difficulties with addictions to alcohol and/or other drugs, and/or associated trauma.
At Casa Palmera, we can help you address, understand and begin recovery from these issues as well. For more information about our philosophy on healthy eating, visit our Nutrition page.